I am more than halfway through the novel, but only four hundred words shy of the 50 k goal. And now I'm feeling sad, already missing it. Part of me doesn't want to write the last few hundred words, so I won't have to say good bye...
I've decided to make the next few days a personal test, to see if I can sustain the pace when it isn't simply as a marathoner.
Let me tell you, writing nearly two thousand words a day is a wonderful way to expend my mental energy. I hope to keep it up. Boy, would I like some writer friends to support this habit!
Here is the question I will need to answer: can I have a family life, and paint, and write, and play fiddle? Ah, what a happy prospect!
Nanowrimo has taught me several things:
- The first 350 words of the day are the hardest to write
- Unless the hardest to write are the last 350, and sometimes both are pretty tough
- Fifteen minute sprints are better than nothing, as I generally manage 350 words in one sprint
- However, half hour sprints are better, because I think more about the story, and average more than 850 words in that time
- Sitting for too long hurts
- Some distance is required to see the story, which requires thinking critically about the story outside of writing times
- I must always write in a way that will at least interest myself as the audience, or else I am too bored to write
- Writing is usually tedious, but satisfying
- Housework is occasionally required, but writing is more interesting
- My best writing ideas come when I'm bored/trying to fall asleep/meditating
Anyone else out there experience Nano separation anxiety?